Cubs Minor League Daily: Cease Strikes Out Ten for First Place South Bend

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Cubs Minor League Daily: Cease Strikes Out Ten for First Place South Bend

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The Iowa Cubs are the only sub-.500 team in the organization, and they are just two games shy of the break even mark. They are currently in last place in their division, but that is only 4.5 games behind Colorado Springs. And since Triple A does not have any first half playoff slots available, they have plenty of time to close that gap.

At 13-10, the Smokies are in second place and trail Jackson by 2.5 games. Of the Smokies 10 losses, only two have come against division teams. That bodes well for their face off aginst Jackson starting the 8th… after they come home to play five against Jacksonville.

The Pelicans are also 13-10 and are also in second place. Myrtle Beach trails Buies Creek by 3 games. The Pelicans have played slightly better on the road in the early going, something they’ll look to continue as they head up to Frederick starting Monday. Then it is back home for a four game series against first place Buies Creek.

The 14-9 Cubs have the best record in the farm system, and they are currently part of a three way tie for first place. That tie is with Dayton and West Michigan, but it will be awhile before the Cusb face either of those teams. They do have a significant test this week, though, as Kane County comes into town for three mid-week. Kane County currently has the best record in the Midwest League.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs

Iowa was rained out. To my great surprise, they were the only team rained out.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Tennessee 6, Mississippi 3
A four run seventh propelled the Smokies to a road win.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Lynchburg 11, Myrtle Beach 3
Not a lot went right for the Pelicans in this one.

Low A: South Bend Cubs
Fort Wayne 7, South Bend 3
One rough inning sunk the Cubs in Game One.

South Bend 4, Fort Wayne 1
The second game ended with six scoreless innings from Cubs pitching.

Other Notes

  • Underwood made 93 pitches in his start, and while he gave up a lot of hits, the lack of walks is very good to see.
  • Look out Ian Happ; Jason Vosler has four home runs in his last four games and now trails Happ by just three for the organizational lead.
  • In 4.2 innings, Cease would have recorded 14 outs. One of them came when he picked a runner at first, and 10 of the remaining 13 came from strikeouts. That’s impressive. That also explains why he needed 91 pitches to pitch 4.2 innings.
  • And finally, how about another shot of The Ring:

Author: Luke Blaize

Luke Blaize is the Minor League Editor at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @ltblaize.